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Games Day

Yay! Have finally been invited up to Games Day at the Birmingham NEC in a couple of weeks time. Games Day is a very large hobby event organised by Games Workshop and is the Mecca for the washed and unwashed hordes of Workshop fans - novices and veterans alike.

It's been a convention that has always interested me. Mainly because of the organisational ability behind it. It has a very strong reputation for being very well organised and puts many other conventions to shame.

I decided I should go and see this for my self first hand. A secondary reason is meeting with some old friends who work at Workshop or it's subsidaries and for the general networking and information gathering activities that Angus' usually switch to at such events. No doubt I'll also be oogling a vast array of very nice figures and dioramas whilst I'm there.

I think I'll leave my cheque book and cards at home. Actually the state they're in at the moment they wouldn't be much use to me in any case! :p

Have any of you guys been to Games Day before? Are any of you going this year?

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riksowden
Sep. 13th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
I've been to 2 Games Days - one as an unwashed kiddy, the other as staff. It was very, very busy to be working there - either with the games running or trade stands - but was good both times.

Are you up and back, or staying over?
angusabranson
Sep. 13th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
Almost certainly just up and back.

I'm seeing The Mission on saturday night and have to be at work on Monday morning. To be honest I'm supposed to be working on Sunday too (only office work though) but can probably argue for Games Day being part of my job description! Also means I might be able to put the train ticket on company expenses which would be nice ;p
riksowden
Sep. 13th, 2005 09:54 pm (UTC)
Cool...should be a good day!
corpsie
Sep. 13th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
No stealing the any of the Golden Demon stuff.

I've been tempted to go once or twice, but it's never been close enough to nudge thought into action. Especially now, when I see what has happened to my old Blood Bowl/40k opponent. 28, and you think he'd know what to do with a woman.
angusabranson
Sep. 13th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
I remember running heats at the store for the Golden Demon awards back in the late 80's and early 90's.

I've actually been thinking about giving Blood Bowl another go. I haven't played it since the pretty broken 1st edition days. I seem to be on a bit of an old GW game kick at the moment having recently played (and really enjoyed) Mighty Empires for the first time and also recently pulled out Space Hulk and Chaos Marauders for a game or two. I've also been trying to get hold of Man O War and Dark Future on ebay and have been chatting about starting up eitehr a Necromunda or Mordheim skirmish game.
angusabranson
Sep. 13th, 2005 09:50 pm (UTC)
Hmmm.... maybe I need to get laid....
corpsie
Sep. 13th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
I've got a Man O War in poor condition (the masts were so fragile), but I've got some badly painted dwarf ironclads in there.

I miss the first edition Blood Bowl, where else would you find rules for Thrud?
bill_badger
Sep. 15th, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC)
Blood Bowl
You can find the latest version of the Blood Bolw rulebook at http://www.specialist-games.com/bloodbowl/assets/LivingRulebook30.pdf

If you want to give the game a go, let me know and we can arrange for you to come up or me to come down. One advantage of Blood Bowl over most other GW games is that it requires relatively few figures and so is more portable.
_grimtales_
Sep. 13th, 2005 10:00 pm (UTC)
Is the rest of my stuff coming? ;)

*hint hint*
angusabranson
Sep. 13th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
Hoping for the Limited Edition book to arrive later this week or very early next.

Rest assured young Grimbalina we have not forgotten you.
pwca
Sep. 13th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC)
Limited Edition?
Of what?
He asked curiously.
angusabranson
Sep. 13th, 2005 10:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Limited Edition?
Warmachine: Apotheosis.
pwca
Sep. 13th, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Limited Edition?
ta.
angusabranson
Sep. 13th, 2005 10:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, good news on the electronic front too. I was chatting to Jared in Paris over the weekend he has electronic copies of The Contract Directory and Mort.

He's sifting through old discs and should be sending me them over soon (which in Jared time can sometimes be a while but he has a Daver there atm to help him move more into Daver time which tends to run more parallel to our own timestream)
pwca
Sep. 13th, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC)
Games Day
I have been to several, all as a Hogshead bod.

The event is always well organised, and plays as much like a military tattoo as it does a gaming event. It is incredibly noisy with the chanting and the cheering... Plus there is lots to see and it is very pretty. All to keep hitting the kiddies with merchandising...

I *would* go. But to be honest my interest in Games Workshop does not extend much outside of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay.

So have they really moved it to the NEC? Which is not in Birmingham.
Or are they still holding it in the NIA? Which is in Birmingham.

In the meantime... I no longer work Sundays and if you fancy a quick drink at some point during the day...
angusabranson
Sep. 13th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Games Day
Er, NIA/NEC. I guess I'll know when my ticket arrives. I have no idea apart from it's in the Brum area! I guess I should really read the copy of White Dwarf sitting amongst a pile of other mags to my right.....

Drink could be good. I'll see if I can finalise times and also check out when/where the show is and if I have any set meetings.
serpentstar
Sep. 13th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Games Day
That sums up my experiences pretty well too, other than that I won't be available for a pint. :)
_grimtales_
Sep. 14th, 2005 07:02 am (UTC)
Will they be doing anything WFRP related?
angusabranson
Sep. 14th, 2005 12:11 pm (UTC)
Yep. Black Industries have an area there. Mind you even when WHFRPG was with Hogshead they had a stand there too.
neilf
Sep. 14th, 2005 08:33 am (UTC)
I could say yes, but then I wouldn't be talking about the same Games Day. I remember when it was a real games convention....

As for it's new incarnation, nope, never been. Workshops current output holds zero interest for me, so no incentive. I think the last time I stepped inside a Workshop store I was wearing a TSR Demo Team shirt, so that shows you how long ago that was!

- Neil.
davywavy
Sep. 14th, 2005 09:16 am (UTC)
I went to Games Day back in teh 80's - I was a runner-up in the Golden Demon back in about '86-'87 as I recall...
gabby2600
Sep. 14th, 2005 12:02 pm (UTC)
If you don't mind floor space come up for the night, and visit little old us in sunny Bilston. I's only a tram ride away.

angusabranson
Sep. 14th, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC)
It's only going to be a day outting for me. I'm at The Mission gig in London on the Saturday night and have to be back at work on Monday morning. It's a definite "There & Back Aagain" day trip. Otherwise I'd be more than happy to take up your offer of floorspace and pop by for a drink and a chat!
slev
Sep. 14th, 2005 02:06 pm (UTC)
Not this year, it's Phalanx weekend, but it can be fun.
c_and_r_tour05
Sep. 18th, 2005 10:29 am (UTC)
totally spurious entry based around a nostalgia for the hobby, a love of blood bowl, and the hope that I might meet you in person within the week. Ask Hiemstra for details. Good to know the flag still flys in these dark and criminaly expensive times.

A.
angusabranson
Sep. 18th, 2005 10:40 am (UTC)
Hi Adam,

Thanks for dropping by! I reckon Friday night is probably the best night to meet up. Possibly for a drink in Camden or something? I'm reckoning you and the young lady will be pretty busy for most of the week :p In anycase, I'm only free on Monday (when I know you're busy) and Friday next week!!!

Who knows, might even manage to entice you into a game of something at somepoint. That might amuse/horrify young Sarah. hehehe....

Hope you had a great trip and look forward to meeting you.
c_and_r_tour05
Sep. 18th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
Fine words all round! I have concluded that all of what you say will take place, in its own time. Thanks foir the reply, most amicable indeed! See you when I see you my good man.

A
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